Club up­grade fin­ished

North Coast Weekender - - News -

THE Un­der­croft Bridge Club cel­e­brated the open­ing of its re­fur­bished clu­b­room at Percy Doyle Re­serve in Duncraig on April 8.

Formed 45 years ago, the club now has more than 450 mem­bers, which meant it had out­grown the pre­vi­ous clu­b­room fa­cil­ity that was con­structed in 1993.

In 2014, the club sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the City of Joon­dalup for a club-funded fa­cil­ity up­grade and in 2015, the coun­cil agreed to un­der­take these works.

The re­fur­bish­ment in­cluded up­grades to the hall, meet­ing room and toi­lets, and an 11m build­ing ex­ten­sion to al­low the club to run morn­ing, af­ter­noon and even­ing ses­sions for reg­u­lar games, lessons, tour­na­ments, meet­ings and other events.

The project cost about $450,000, which was funded by the City with a club con­tri­bu­tion of $140,000.

Club pres­i­dent Gra­ham Mil­ward said the re­fur­bish­ment was the cul­mi­na­tion of many ap­proaches to the City and years of fundrais­ing.

“The re­de­vel­oped clu­b­room is a trib­ute to cur­rent and past mem­bers of the club whose stamina and be­lief in the project never waned,” he said.

“The club will now be able to cater for an in­creased range of bridge play­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ad­di­tional teach­ing pro­grams and pos­si­bly men­tor­ing sup­port.”

Joon­dalup Mayor Troy Pickard thanked Hickey Con­struc­tions for their con­tri­bu­tion and the club “who worked closely with the City through­out the project’s his­tory”.

Com­pe­ti­tion ses­sions are held on Mon­days to Satur­days at 12.15pm and Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day evenings at 7.15pm, with a learn­ing ses­sion each Satur­day at 8.30am.

Visit www.un­der­croft. bridgeaus­tralia.org.

Un­der­croft Bridge Club mem­bers us­ing their re­fur­bished clu­b­room fa­cil­ity.

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